Welcome to the arts society Gibraltar

Dear Members

This year is drawing to a close in a very different way from how we celebrated the new year in !
I do hope you have all managed to have an enjoyable summer and stayed safe!


The Gibraltar Arts Society are celebrating their 10th Anniversary.
We are celebrating this auspicious occasion with a celebration dinner at The Lounge Restaurant on 27th November.

Important information

Dear members.
The Arts Society Gibraltar’s next lecture, The Material Culture of Al Andalus is to be held by Zoom on Wednesday, 9th December at 7.30pm.
The lecture is available free to all paid up members of our Society and the link will be automatically sent nearer the time.
Guests who wish to enjoy the lecture need to pay £12 to the below account and once payment is made please email janehart46@hotmail.com and the link will be sent.
Bank details
Gibraltar International Bank
The Arts Society Gibraltar 14190001
Sort Code 60-83-14/SWIFT GIBK GIGI
Should any guest wish to join The Arts Society Gibraltar after they have watched the Zoom lecture the £12 paid for this lecture will be taken into account and only the balance of our £65 membership fee will be due.
There is availability for 6 more members to join us at the Garrison Library on the 18th to watch the Zoom on a big screen, if you wish to join us please let Jane know.
We hope you enjoy the talk.

Hello Members and Fellow Art Lovers

The mission of the organisation is to promote, encourage and foster the arts and cultural activities in Gibraltar and to export our culture abroad.

Sadly we have lost a very important member of our committee, Sarah Beckwith who was deputy Chairman, honorary secretary and membership secretary, and has been on the committee for 10 years has resigned and will be a sad loss, we hope to see her and her husband Andy at our meetings occasionally and wish her much success and happiness for the future. The postal address we use belongs to Sarah and will be in future JE HartSimmons 35, GibraltarHeights. Gibraltar.

We are approaching our new Art Society season, commencing October 21st.
If you haven’t yet renewed your subscription, please pay by bank transfer with your name as reference as so we can identify you, or pay by Cheque , we prefer not to handle cash at this time.
Our bank details are
Gibraltar International Bank
PO Box 1375, Ince’s House, 
310 Main Street 
The Arts Society Gibraltar14190001 
Sort Code 60-83-14 / SWIFT GIBK GIGI .
Or by post your Cheque to
Jane HartSimmons
35, Gibraltar Heights
Yours in fellowship
Jane HartSimmons


The Material Culture of Al Andalus
An Illustrated Talk by Ian Cockburn
9 December  2020
Please note this illustrated talk is only available via Zoom but 
16 members may watch on a big screen at the Garrison Library. 

This lecture tells the story of the Moorish invasion and the Christian reconquest of the Iberian peninsula, through an introduction to the surviving architecture and other areas of the material culture, such as silk textiles, carved ivory caskets, bronze sculptures and refined ceramics.

The invasion in 711AD by the Umayyad Caliphate quickly overthrew the Christian Visigothic kingdom and began the nearly 800-year occupation that ended only in 1492AD, when the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabel, completed the reconquest of the Kingdom of Granada – the same year that those two visionary monarchs also sent Christopher Columbus off to discover the New World. During the intervening centuries, the mixture of Islamic, Christian and Jewish influences produced a unique hybrid culture.

Ian Cockburn

Is an art historian with a BA (Birkbeck College) in art history and an MA (Courtauld Institute of Art) in medieval Spanish art history. Specialist in the nearly 800 years of Moorish occupation and Christian reconquest of medieval Iberia. 

Founder and director of an art tours company, specialising in guided cultural tours in Spain, plus lecturing in London at institutions such as the V&A, SOAS, Christies Education, and the London Art History Society. Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Art History Link-Up, a charity that offers an education in Art History to young people regardless of their background.  Working in partnership with galleries, schools and other institutions, AHL-U provides accredited courses where there is a gap in provision in the formal education sector.  Formerly a Chartered Accountant and senior manager in multi-national IT companies, with extensive public-speaking experience.


As previously announced, we will be be holding live hour-long digital lectures for Members and Supporters, from September to December.
The series will be called Lectures at Home, following on from the short films that have recently been featured on the Connected site.

These lectures will be full length (one hour long) and broadcast on The Arts Society’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/theartssociety). They will only be available to watch live, at the advertised time.

To avoid clashes with Society programmes we have selected Accredited Lecturers who are new to the Directory, and to avoid clashes with Society events the lectures will take place on Friday lunchtimes.

27 NOVEMBER 2020, 1PM

The Story of Indian Modern Art 

18 DECEMBER 2020, 1PM

Exhibition History: The history of Great Exhibitions, Expos and World’s Fairs, 1851 to Present, the British Contribution

Full lecture descriptions and biographies can be found at: theartssociety.org/lectures-at-home


  • There is no special link to watch the films. Members simply need to go to The Arts Society’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/theartssociety) at the advertised time.
  • The talks will take place live. There will only be one chance to view them. We are not able to repeat them.
  • After the lecture Members may leave comments in the forum at connected.theartssociety.org/forum
  • Members may share the details with family and friends; this is an opportunity for Member recruitment as well as retention.
  • If technology lets us down on the day, we’ll reschedule.